IA response to the Government's Dormant Asset Scheme

Responding to Government’s expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme today, Industry Champion for the investment and wealth management sector, Andrew Carter, CEO Royal London Asset Management said: 

“One of the core principles of the dormant assets scheme is to reunite customers with their assets. There can be many reasons why an asset holder may ‘lose touch’ with their asset, and the expanded dormant assets scheme will enable more customers to find money that is rightfully theirs, as well as preserving the right to reclaim funds once made dormant. We look forward to the expanded scheme reaching its full potential and hope the government considers channelling further dormant asset funding to support the financial inclusion agenda.”

Chris Cummings, Chief Executive of the Investment Association said: 

“We welcome the expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme which will help more people be reunited with their long-term financial accounts, and where this is not possible, see those assets unlocked for use by good causes across the UK - something our industry has long called for."


Notes to Editors:

In 2018, the Government confirmed its support for Scheme expansion and asked industry to explore how this would happen in practice. An Industry Champion was appointed by each of the four financial service sectors and these convened firms for a detailed look at how it could work. The Investment Association has worked very closely with Will Nott, and more recently Andrew Carter, in this role. The Champions liaised with DCMS/HMG via the Dormant Assets Expansion Board, now Chaired by Will Nott.

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